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'Salty' athletes make debut at preview of Tainan festival

2012/05/12 21:45:17

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) A salt sculpture of famous Taiwanese athletes was unveiled at an exhibition at Cigu Salt Mountain Saturday ahead of a sand and salt sculpture festival that will be held in Tainan in June.

The salt sculpture featuring Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen, Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, and Taiwanese-American NBA star Jeremy Lin was especially showcased to show support for the three athletes, according to the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration.

The sculpture was made based on real-life proportions of the athletes, the administration said.

A total of 22 sculptures were displayed at Saturday's exhibition premiere, and 1,000 metric tons of salt were needed to make them, the administration said.

Some of the other themes depicted in the salt sculptures included well-known Japanese manga characters from Naruto and Doraemon, a pirate boat and the traditional Taiwanese deity Santaizi.

The administration's sand and salt sculpture festival will run from June 2 to July 15 on Tainan's Mashagou Beach and at Cigu Salt Mountain.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and C.J. Lin)